How They Make Us Fight

“It’s really quite simple,”
they say.
“Because they are so simple,”
they say.
“Tell some this,
tell others that.
Tell them to hate.
Love is for the weak.
Send them off to fight
for our freedom
to do that which we choose.
Convince them of their enemies,
then make them kill them.
Give them the crumbs,
while we steal the cake.”
These things they say about us.
These things make them rich
fills their emptiness–
for a little while.
“Let them fight over toilet paper,”
said the joker to the chief.
How they make us fight!

Gary Wenkle Smith is a trial lawyer, practicing law in Southern California for the past 40-years. He has tried over 200 jury trials, including over 100 murder trials and other serious felonies. Mr. Smith has two published novels, The Last Midnight, and Inside the Lie, as well as Long Night of the Soul, a book of poetry, verse and other writings. He has also published This Side of Too Late, which is a compilation of articles and poems on the state of America since September 11, 2001. His latest publication is Deadly Night Shadows, a true story. He is also a painter. He is an active member of the 12-Step community. He has trained for the past twenty years at the Trial Lawyer’s College with the world-famous trial lawyer, Gerry Spence, and dozens of the best trial lawyers in America. Read other articles by Gary.